Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Creative Class Reading Recommendation

Here is a reading recommendation that, if applied correctly, would put ideas of grassroots funding on its head! Placed on my Local Economic Development class syllabus, "The Rise of the Creative Class" by Richard Florida is quite a spectacular way to think of the “New Economy”.

Florida is a professor at George Mason and pulls data to form the emerging creative professionals. This includes "people in science and engineering, architecture and design, education, arts, music and entertainment whose economic function is to create new ideas, new technology and/or new creative content. " Then he says they share a class, like the working class of the 1950s or the service class of the 1990s. He argues that both geography and non-traditional forms of social capital are important elements for this group to grow.

Basically he describes a new way to dissect today’s economy and provides evidence of how its effects social and cultural modalities. Of prominent importance is the venture capital, which stimulates this class to create new ideas. This is where grassroots funding is crucial.

Just thinking of new ways in which to modernize a society/provide economic development is by funding new creative ideas. I’m sure you can find this book on Amazon.com or at Barnes and Nobles. The book caught me off guard as a way to think about local economic development.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Reduced to the Small Screen--A comment

Commentary to the Washington Post piece published 11/11/07 called

Reduced to the Small Screen

By DeNeen L. Brown and Darryl Fears -
Great article; it was well-balanced and very descriptive/ substantiated. While I agree with many of the points in the piece, I disagree with the premises. People develop their perceptions not by what they watch in the public sphere, but rather their interactions with others in the private sphere. Personal interaction with your neighbors and colleagues, will define how you treat the subject of racism.

Most of the time, I think people (and specifically this comment is directed to white people) are just trying to get ahead in life and don't think about their race as an attribute or a deterrent factor. If there should be a debate in the public sphere, we should always label our race to who is “speaking in the media”. Why are white people not as predominately identified in the press as blacks, Hindu or Hispanics?

Keep up the great journalism.

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